"The city administrator said his ears were popping, then all of a sudden the building shook and the windows shook," board member Larry Cuneio said. "I'm the street commissioner and I've seen wind do a lot of things, but never anything like this."
Crews with the weather service still were assessing whether tornadoes were to blame for other damage in Missouri and neighboring Illinois, meteorologist Mark Fuchs said. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency shortly after the storm swept through the eastern part of Missouri, bringing hail, up to 2 inches of rain and strong winds.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday one person died and several people were injured after a reported tornado struck Kemper County in the far eastern part of the state.
Heavy rains overloaded a wastewater treatment plant in Saginaw County's Buena Vista Township, Mich., the Saginaw News reported, leading workers to release treated wastewater into the outfall that flows to the Saginaw River.
On Thursday, about 50 school systems in central and north Alabama were sending students home early as the storm system pushed into the state. A few government offices and businesses also closed early.
in parts of Franklin and Washington counties, not far from St. Louis.
"This is going to be a daylong investigation by our crews," Fuchs added. Utility workers scrambled to restore power to more than 23,000 still affected Missouri homes and businesses.
Parts of Michigan got more than a foot of snow. Flood watches the result of heavy rain and melting snow were in effect through Friday for much of the central and southern Lower Peninsula.
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In Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton said the weather was taxing the resources of local and county governments, and he issued an executive order activating the National Guard.
Two large trees one oak and the other ash, each a century old toppled onto one end of his house of 43 years, caving in his bedroom and crushing two of his vehicles.
Fuchs said the storm, which affected numerous states, was the result of a clash of warm and cold air typical for spring.
At least eight homes were damaged in the St. Louis neighborhood known as the Hill, famous for its Italian heritage and restaurants. Mobile homes were blown over Prada Wallet Women Blue
In Sullivan, Mo., a 7,000 resident town about 65 miles southwest of St. Louis, seven members of the municipal airport board were gathered at the airport Wednesday night for a meeting when a member noticed what looked like funnel clouds. A wind blown pickup truck then scooted by without a driver. The gust was clocked at 101 mph.
A tornado reportedly touched down Wednesday near Botkinburg in north central Arkansas and injured four people, said John Robinson, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in North Little Rock.
The system first swept across the nation's midsection Wednesday night and pummeled portions of Missouri, where the National Weather Service said Thursday that an EF 2 tornado appears to have damaged dozens of homes in the St. Louis suburb of Hazelwood. That category of tornado generally packs winds of 113 to 157 mph.
"Any additional precipitation at this stage in the game is not necessarily a good thing," said Peter Rogers in Grand Forks.
Tabatha Lott, a dispatcher in Noxubee County, said there were "numerous reports of injuries" in the town of Shuqualak and ambulances were responding. Flynn also said there are reports of damaged buildings and many power outages.
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watching TV when he heard the rain suddenly intensify, followed by winds that he said had "incredible resonance."
"That's when the house started shaking violently, like it was grabbed by both sides," said Grounds, a judge for Madison County's juvenile court. "I thought it was an earthquake, and that's when things started collapsing."
In the upper Midwest, thousands of homes and businesses also lost power because of heavy wet snow, ice and wind, while rain and snow raised flooding concerns in various Prada Sunglasses Luxottica
The weather service said the system could extend into flood prone southeastern North Dakota, where about 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through late Thursday.
areas of the Midwest. A suspected tornado caused damage in Arkansas.
"Electricity lines came down and started sparking like it was the Fourth of July, and the whole house filled with smoke," said Grounds, 64.
In South Dakota, snow and ice shut down several roads, including Interstate 90 for a time. Emergency crews were working Thursday to reach isolated tribal members near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to get help to those with medical needs, such as dialysis.
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